Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 787-9. Ethiopian is leasing the Dreamliner through an agreement with AerCap.
Breaking Travel News speaks to Redi Yusud, managing director, international services, Ethiopian Airlines, about the carrier and the role it plays in developing tourism in the country.
Ethiopian Airlines has announced it will start services to Jakarta, Indonesia, in June 2017 using the ultra-modern Boeing 787-800. Jakarta is Indonesia’s economic, cultural and political centre. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, and with this new service Ethiopian will have service to all five of the most populous countries on earth.
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has finalised preparations to launch flights to Moroni, Comoros, on October 30th. The carrier will use the latest B737-800 New Generation with Sky Interior on the route. Moroni is the largest city, the federal capital and seat of the government of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean.
Ethiopian Airlines will launch a three times weekly flight between Addis Ababa and Durban on December 16th. The launch will be airline’s third destination in South Africa, after Johannesburg and Cape Town. Durban is the second largest metropolitan city and the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines is enhancing its offering to the UK business travel market with an improved business class product and the introduction of two new programmes designed to win loyalty among corporates and individual business travellers flying with the airline on business. UK business travellers who regularly fly with Ethiopian are invited to join the new ‘Corporate Bonus Program’.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, has secured a UD$41.4 million seven-year junior loan facility from ING Capital LLC for the acquisition of two Boeing 777 freighter aircraft. The senior debt is supported by Ex-Im Bank and was provided by another financial institution with ING as their co-arranger.
Ethiopian Airlines has finalised preparations to commence flights to Dublin and Los Angeles starting from June 2015. Ethiopian flights to Dublin and Los Angeles will be operated three times a week with the ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers. The flights will be the only direct service connecting Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the United States.
Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have announced an order for 20 737 MAX 8s. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is worth more than $2.1 billion at list prices and also includes options and purchase rights for a further 15 737 MAX 8s. The order represents the largest single Boeing order by number of airplanes from an African carrier.
Ethiopian Airlines, the first carrier to debut the advanced Boeing 787 Dreamliner to London Heathrow, has moved to its new UK home at Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal. It will join a host of Star Alliance members at the brand new £2.5 billion state-of-the-art terminal formally opened by Her Majesty the Queen in June.
Ethiopian Airlines has partnered with payment leader Worldpay to streamline its business transactions and meet the needs of its global customer base. Ashna Bhawan at Worldpay worked with Ethiopian Airlines to implement a customised payment solution that integrates with Ethiopian Airlines’ sales channels and Sabre Reservation System to process payments on behalf of Ethiopian.